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Elf Academy activities

We want Christmas to be fun for everyone. This activity hub is full of ideas and short guides for fun Christmas activities that families can do together. These activities were developed through our work with families with children with vision impairment and we hope as little ones enjoy the festive fun, they will understand the importance of generosity, diversity and inclusion.

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Make a paper plate Christmas wreath

A Christmas wreath can be a lovely addition to your festive decorations. There are many ways to make one, using a range of materials, but this example only requires basic craft items.

Build a Christmas experience book

An experience book encourages children to remember and recount an event or activity they have taken part in.

Create a wool-wrapped Christmas tree (for younger children)

Warm up little fingers by practising this festive, fine motor, activity.

Make sensory Christmas cards

Homemade Christmas cards always stand out and are lovely keepsakes.

Create a sparkly suncatcher

There’s nothing more likely to keep an elf busy than making some bright Christmas decorations.

Make some festive sensory dough

Messy play can be lots of fun, but by creating this sensory dough, you also conjure up all those lovely smells of Christmas.

Bake personalised fairy cakes

Introduce your child to the joys of baking with this quick and simple recipe. Fairy cakes use everyday ingredients and can be decorated to suit many different occasions.

Add a personal touch with potato-print wrapping paper

This is a lovely activity to try at Christmas. It helps cut down on waste by recycling unused paper (and don’t forget that used potatoes can go in the compost bin or be planted out to grow again).

Enjoy some festive family games

Instead of a post-Christmas lunch nap, why not encourage the family to join in some fun games?

Create a kindness calendar

A wall calendar can be used to remind children of kind acts they can do over the festive period.